Notes taken by Johanna Workman PhD at UC Berkeley today (on her Blackberry!)

This Contemplative Life has a new roving correspondent. She takes notes on her Blackberry and posts to social media in real time. Brilliant! I say. I have collected the posts and posted them here. Obviously, this is a fast and dirty way to get the essential points from researchers in the field. Enjoy!

The conference, “Sleep, Stress & Obesity: A Weighty Issue,” is the Fifth Annual Obesity Symposium sponsored by the UC Berkeley Atkins Center for Weight and Health; UC San Francisco Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST); and the UC Office of the President, Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at UC Berkeley International House’s Chevron Auditorium.
~ Obese children are at risk of being obese adults.
~ Obesity in childhood increases likelihood of adult diabetes.
~ Obese children are at risk of other disorders as adults: cancer, stroke, and die 30% younger as adults
~ Shift workers are at increased risk of obesity because our body is finely tuned to circadian rhythms, and eating when we’re supposed to be sleeping causes disproportionate inflammation.
~ 10 year old Black boys get 5xs less sleep than 10 year old White girls because their environments are more chaotic. Minorities get less sleep, therefore there is an association between minority status and obesity
~ Poor sleep in INFANCY ya’ll, is a strong predictor of adulthood obesity.
~ Kids who watch more tv, get less sleep. And they are more likely to be overweight.
Leptin and Ghrelin Levels vs. Sleep Duration. So people who are sleep deprived have different dietary patterns.
~ Shorter sleep is associated with increased percentage of fat consumption.
~ No change in protein for sleep deprived. Lower carbs for sleep deprived, but more fats. So sleep deprived eat very high fat foods.
~ Sleep deprived have more early morning eating. This is misaligned with circadian rhythms. ~ So more metabolic syndrome, so more obesity — especially in teens who are shift sleepers
~ Sleep deprived have higher caffeine intake. And higher caffeine intake is associated with increased obesity in teens. Teens who get less than 5 hours of sleep a night are 5xs more likely to be overweight.
~ Black infants get significantly less sleep than White infants. This is why Black children are at risk for obesity. So the question is why are Black kids getting less sleep? Factors: More tobacco smoke, less likely to have own bedroom, low birthweight — which affects brain, and more permissive parenting style, more stress in the home and shift work of parents causes poor sleep
~ Kids of employed mothers get significantly less sleep than homemaker mothers. They have to get up earlier so mother can go to work. This leaves minority children severely at risk for sleep deprivation, which sets kids up for adult diabetes, obesity, stroke, cancer, etc.